Laura Rogora Climbs “The Bow” 9a+

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Laura Rogora yesterday climbed her second 9a+ with “The Bow” at Padaro in Arco, Italy. Laura recently made headlines when just four months ago she became the then second woman to climb 9b with “Ali Hulk Sit Extension Total“.

This is her second 9a+ / 5.15a after “Pure Dreaming Plus” in Massone, Arco from May this year. The 19 year old is arguably the strongest Female climber in the world right now, having sent this many routes at the world class level. She will also represent Italy at the debut of Sport Climbing at the Olympics.

Laura made the first repeat of the route, announcing it on instagram today. Header picture taken by @pietrobagnara / Website. Apparently the route took less than 20 tries for Laura. There should also be footage and a short doc of the route too.

Stefano Ghisolfi making the first ascent of “The Bow” 9a+ – Uncut video

Stefano Ghisolfi originally started work on the 30 meter route in June this year, sending it the next month. It’s actually a link up of the first part of 8b “Fine di un’epoca” (end of an era) that moves left into the final part of the 9a “Omen Nomen”. The crux is in the hardest traverse moves straight into the hardest part of “Omen Nomen”.

You can also watch a really good video Stefano Ghisolfi made with running commentary on the route. It highlights the hard “bow” move that Stefano named the climb for and gives some good insight into the quality and bolting of the route. “Omen Nomen” is also a Stefano route he bolted and sent in March 2017.

Julia Chanourdie, Margo Hayes, and Anak Verhoeven have also climbed 9a+. Angela Eiter was the first Woman to have climbed 9b with “La Planta de Shiva” in October 2017, followed by Laura in July 2020 and Julia Chanourdie just a few weeks ago in November with “Eagle-4”. So for routes 9a+ and harder there are still only five Women who have climbed at this level.